Emmerdale fans have called Tuesday's episode based around dementia sufferer Ashley Thomas an award-winner

Viewers have been lavishly praising both Emmerdale and actor John Middleton for the portrayal of dementia in a special one-off episode.

Tuesday night’s emotional programme followed a day in the life of long-running character Ashley Thomas, who has been battling with stroke-related early onset vascular dementia.

As viewers watched him struggle to understand his surroundings and recognise the people and places around him, they took to Twitter to show their appreciation of how the condition was shown.

Sadly, different forms of dementia are not uncommon, and viewers who have experience of dealing with its effects were first to congratulate the programme.